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ZModo’s Pivot gives you 24/7 monitoring on the cheap

scaled-5715 We’ve come a long way from the days of pale beige IP webcams with wonky interfaces and limited recording times. Today’s webcams, like the ZModo Pivot, are motion-sensing, low-light seeing, and notification-rich cylinders that hide out in secret places and store video for days at a time. In essence webcams have morphed from wonky toys to actual tools and, in the process, have gone… Read More

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John Biggs

May 23rd

Gadgets

Purism builds a secure tablet with physical wi-fi and camera switches

librem11_1-640px_qso8ln Purism, proud makers of one of the first truly open laptops, is moving into the world of pro-level tablets. Their latest product, the Librem 11, is a tablet that runs any GNU/Linux version (they recommend the ultra-secure Qubes) and can double as a laptop. The company made waves with their 15 and 13 laptops and they are bringing the same level of security to the $1,299 tablet. While that’s… Read More

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John Biggs

May 20th

Gadgets

Chemists create an app that can tell if your beer is skunked

zywiec-88y87fyewf Bummer, dude! That’s what you say when you find out that your whole keg of Heiney is totally skunked but it doesn’t matter because you’ll totally still drink it after you finish the pony keg of Sammo’s Irish Red. But what if I told you that folks in Spain have figured out a way to use an app to tell if your beer is a mess? Whoa, right? Whoa, indeed. Chemists at the… Read More

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John Biggs

May 19th

Gadgets

HP’s 3D printers pave the way for an interesting future

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 9.36.40 AM In the two years since HP announced it was entering the 3D printing space speculation arose regarding what exactly the PC giant would launch? Home 3D printers for the masses? All-in-one manufacturing machines? Amazing teleportation devices? Nope. They launched a big printer for industrial users that prints in full color in a way that is unique in the industry. The bottom line? HP made an… Read More

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John Biggs

May 17th

Gadgets

The Garmin vivofit 3 makes me want to move again

File May 16, 7 51 51 PM I’ve long been an activity tracker kind of guy. I strapped them all onto my fleshy wrist: the Fitbits, the Nikes, the Polars. I’ve watched circles fill up on my Apple Watch and I’ve watched ghost competitors race me on early GPS watches. But for the past few months I abandoned any wrist-based tracker because the battery in the one I was using kept dying. And so I went… Read More

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John Biggs

May 17th

Gadgets

Enclave Audio delivers 5.1 surround sound (almost) wirelessly

EnclaveHouse-64 In the list of things that we want science to solve I suspect the creation of a wireless 5.1 speaker system that is easy to use and set up ranks up there in between a cure for shingles and the colonization of Mars. Thankfully, there are people on the job. Enclave Audio has been working on a wireless 5.1 sound system since 2013 and they recently released their first product at CES, the CineHome HD. Read More

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John Biggs

May 6th

Gadgets

The Panoporter gives you a 360-degree view of your world

4f49afa998d5d9bd41e6fc9295ffe79a_original As we approach the inevitable rise of VR we’re going to need some better cameras. The $109 Panoporter might be just the thing. This 1080p device features a single camera and a clever lens system that takes a 360-degree view without multiple cameras. It includes videoconferencing and chat features and can also act as a 360-degree security camera so you can see an entire room, not just… Read More

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John Biggs

March 8th

Gadgets

Watch The Georgia Tech’s Guthman Musical Instrument Competition Live

kalichordstrumhires1 Called the X-Prize for music the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition pits multiple musicians and makers against each other at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts. A group of judges including Jazz great Pat Metheny will pick their favorites and you, the viewer, can jam along on your desk. The entrants include a unique home-brew system that lets pianists play the rhythm guitar, a… Read More

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John Biggs

March 3rd

Gadgets

Herschel goes high tech with its new magic fabric

Herschel-Supply-Lawson-Backpack-Navy-Nylon-X21-webshop-38 Everyone’s favorite retro backpack maker is heading into the 21st century. The Vancouver-based company has released something called the Lawson Backpack, a grand departure from their olde-timey design and materials. The Lawson uses a rip-stop material called Sealtech which can reseal itself after a small rip or puncture. The material consists of a grid of nylon threads that is able to… Read More

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John Biggs

March 3rd

Gadgets

Herschel goes high tech with its new magic fabric

Herschel-Supply-Lawson-Backpack-Navy-Nylon-X21-webshop-38 Everyone’s favorite retro backpack maker is heading into the 21st century. The Vancouver-based company has released something called the Lawson Backpack, a grand departure from their olde-timey design and materials. The Lawson uses a rip-stop material called Sealtech which can reseal itself after a small rip or puncture. The material consists of a grid of nylon threads that is able to… Read More

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John Biggs

March 3rd

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